Chicago area supermarkets are changing. Soon, consumers will find tuna fish in a pouch, not a can. Spaghetti sauce and soups will be packaged in clear plastic containers. Pouches holding food, snacks, confections, flour and even pet food will “stand up” and feature reclosable seals. UPC codes will be replaced by electronic chips embedded in the package.

For five days, Chicago’s McCormick Place will be the capital of the world’s packaging market as host to PACK EXPO International. An estimated 80,000 packaging engineers, brand marketers and CEO’s from all parts of the world will be in Chicago’s McCormick Place, November 5-9, 2000, attending PACK EXPO International, the world’s largest packaging exposition in 2000.

PACK EXPO International is the pre-eminent exposition and conference for the $450 billion global packaging industry. More than 1,500 exhibitors, covering more than 1.3 million net square feet will exhibit their innovative packaging technologies to Fortune 500 companies and any and all consumer and industrial goods manufacturers. Some of the packaging technologies to be exhibited include extended shelf life packaging of perishable products, robotics, security applications against brand counterfeiting, protective packaging for e-commerce transactions and breathable plastics to enhance fruits and vegetables.

Co-located with PACK EXPO International is the International Exposition for Food Processors (IEFP 2000), the official show of The Food Processing Machinery & Supplies Association (FPM&SA). IEFP 2000 adds more than 200,000 net square feet of food and beverage processing innovations and solutions. Visitors will be able to attend both shows with one badge.

Concurrent with the show, Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) will host the highly acclaimed “Packaging Solutions 2000 Conference,” featuring 80 speakers from around the world addressing important packaging issues and trends. For more information on the show or to view the speakers at Solutions 2000, visit http://www.packexpo.com.

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) is a trade association whose 491 members manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery in the United States and Canada. PMMI is committed to improving, leading and unifying all segments of the packaging industry worldwide. PMMI provides information, education and services to its members, users of packaging or converting machinery, the government and the general public.

PMMI is the sponsor and producer of the PACK EXPO shows, the world’s leading packaging shows. PACK EXPO International is held every two years and features more than 1,500 exhibitors and covers more than 1.2 million net square feet. PACK EXPO International 2000 will be held Nov. 5-9, 2000 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Il, USA. PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2001 takes place September 10-12, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV, USA. PMMI also co-produces EXPO PACK Mexico, the largest packaging show in Mexico. This show will next be held June 26-29, 2001 at the Expo Santa Fe, Mexico City, Mexico.